Achiote Press & Palabra Magazine
I say this without the least bit of exaggeration: keep your eye on these two literary ventures because theyâ€™re going to impress you with the journeys they have embarked on and with the heights theyâ€™ll inevitably reach.
Co-founded in 2006 by poet and book reviewer Craig Santos Perez, a native Chamoru from the Pacific Island of GuÃ¥han (Guam), Achiote Press publishes two chapbooks each season: a single-author chapbook and a chap-journal featuring poetry, prose, essay, or translation by authors from diverse cultural and aesthetic backgrounds. Co-founders Jennifer Reimer, Len Shneyder, and art director Jason Buchholz help select, edit and produce works that address â€œwhat it means to bear witness, to use adaptations as resistance, to cross borders, to map ourselves onto a dislocated world, to speak in exile, and to suffer diasporic hunger.â€
Past projects include works by three of my favorite writers: Javier Huerta, Barbara Jane Reyes and Francisco X. AlarcÃ³n. Projects to look forward to: an all-Latina writer issue with Cristina GarcÃa, Emmy PÃ©rez, Brenda CÃ¡rdenas, Gabriela Erandi Rico, and Maria Tuttle; and an issue featuring several Native Pacific Island writers.
Palabra Magazine is a no apologies, no nonsense literary journal founded by Chicana dramatist and poet elena minor in Los Angeles. This magazine is a forum that showcases Chicano/ Latino writing thatâ€™s all about (warning: Chicano-speak ahead): â€œexploration, risk and ganasâ€”the myriad intersections of thought, language, story and artâ€”el mÃ¡s allÃ¡ of letters, symbols and spaces into meaning. Itâ€™s about writing that cares as much about language and its structure as about content and storytellingâ€”and that shows awareness of and attention to the possibilities of both. Mostly it’s about work with the emotional fiber that threads all honest artâ€¦ Its intent is to present an eclectic and adventurous array of thought and construct, alma y corazÃ³n, and a few carcajadas woven in for good measure.â€